West Ham memorial bricks saved from demolition by Wilmington family
PUBLISHED: 14:18 07 February 2017
Volunteers have sorted through hundreds of memorial bricks from West Ham’s former Upton Park stadium in a bid to reunite them with loved ones.
The bricks, many of which have been inscribed with names of fans who have passed away, were saved by the company in charge of demolishing the Boleyn Ground.
Donna Heuerman, whose son Jonjo has raised thousands for the Bobby Moore Fund, said the family were contacted by the demolition company about the bricks, located on the Trevor Brooking stand.
“At the end of last season, we were messaged by the demolition company who offered to give Jonjo 10 seats to auction off, which raised £1,800,” the Wilmington resident said.
“They contacted us again to say they had all these memorial bricks and didn’t know what to do with them.
“The demolition company have been really careful, taking that part of the stadium down one brick at a time.
“They couldn’t save them all, but hopefully we can return some to loved ones.
“We were expecting to have around 200, but when we got there yesterday we ended up sorting through around 1,000.”
As part of the move to the London Stadium, West Ham had promised to copy each of the messages on the commemorative bricks onto a new stone outside the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park ground.
The second Upton Park memorial wall, on the corner of the old Dr Martens stand, has not yet been dismantled but it is hoped the bricks can be rescued from there as well.
“The demolition company have been great in trying to save the bricks,” she said.
“They could have bulldozed both areas without a second thought.”
She explained that a collection point will be set up at the Supporters’ Club in Castle Street, next to the former ground, between 10am and 7pm on Saturday.
Anyone wanting to claim a brick should bring either the original purchase certificate or ID.
Donna added that a small donation to the Bobby Moore Fund in exchange would be appreciated.